Clinician Fact Sheet

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An Overview of the Science and Guidance for Clinicians on PFAS

This documentpdf icon provides an overview of what is known about per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and identifies health effects associated with PFAS exposure. The following information will help clinicians respond to patient concerns about PFAS exposure. The document is divided into four sections: 

  1. PFAS basics,
  2. PFAS health studies,
  3. questions patients may ask clinicians about PFAS, and
  4. where to find additional PFAS resources and references.

Understanding potential health issues associated with PFAS exposure is an ongoing collaborative effort of federal, state, tribal, and local governments. 

A shorter, ‘at-a-glance’ version of this document can be found here pdf icon[PDF – 368 KB].

Page last reviewed: January 4, 2022